Today marks the 50th anniversary of the effective date of that horrible rite called the Novus Ordo Missae. Fr. Peter Scott, SSPX, who now resides in Nigeria, wrote an article on the Novus Ordo Missae in the December 2019 Issue of “Defende Nos”, the newsletter of St. Michael’s Priory in that same country. To his merit, Fr. Scott continues to maintain the line of Archbishop Lefebvre on this subject (italics mine):
“A Mass that fails to express fully Catholic teaching concerning the sacrifice and its purpose, as it ought to do, is lacking an essential element. It manifestly suffers from a privation of the good that is due to it. It is not what the Mass ought to be, and cannot attain the purpose of the Mass. It is quite simply evil, and that privation of the due good is to be found in the assembly of ceremonies and prayers of the Mass itself…..The affirmation that the New Mass is evil is an objective statement that this liturgical act as such does not adequately profess the Faith, nor does it attain its end…..”
So what does this mean in regards to the morality of active attendance at the Novus Ordo Missae (italics mine):
“Having established that the New Mass is objectively evil, it necessarily follows that the celebration of or assistance at it is a disorder, opposed to God’s will, and a sin. It is, moreover, a sin against the virtue of religion, namely the sin of sacrilege, to attempt to give glory to God by a ceremony that is not truly, in itself, to His glory…..To assist at such (relatively reverent) Masses is a venial sin of sacrilege. We have no right to do so, just as we have no right to commit any venial sin, not even to satisfy a precept of the Church.”
Did you read that Your Excellency Bishop Richard Williamson? Did you read that Mr. Sean Johnson? Why is it that Fr. Scott, even though he is now part of the neo-SSPX, continues to maintain the line of Archbishop Lefebvre in that the Novus Ordo Mass is evil in itself and therefore one must never actively attend it, and yet you both, who claim to oppose the neo-SSPX, teach that it is morally acceptable to actively attend it under certain circumstances?
Please come back to the line of the Archbishop.
Due to the weather, this Mass is cancelled.
Fr. David Hewko
Date and Time:
Sunday December 1, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. (Confessions at 6:00 p.m.)
Best Western Hotel and Conference Centre
2 North Service Road
St. Catharines, Ontario L2N 4G9
Our Lady of Good Counsel Mission e-mail contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be a light potluck after Mass.
A Glance at the Reign of St. Louis is taken from Volume XXII (1897) of The American Catholic Quarterly Review.
I wish you all a blessed Feast of the Saints of the Seraphic Order!
Franciscan tertiaries may obtain a plenary indulgence by renewing their novitiate/profession and fulfilling the usual conditions required for a plenary indulgence.
The Clergy and the Social Problem is taken from Volume XXII (1897) of The American Catholic Quarterly Review.
Protestants and the Principle of Authority in Religion is taken from Volume XXII (1897) of The American Catholic Quarterly Review.